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Clinical Neuropsychology Research

By Director Julie Suhr

Welcome to the Clinical Neuropsychology Research Laboratory! The current graduate students (Andrew Bryant, Esther Lee, Carrie Cook, Anna Kinzer, Brittni Morgan, and Ashley Howell) are involved in a lot of exciting projects in the world of neuropsychology.

We continue our longstanding projects that involve free dementia screening for local community members with Anna Kinzer’s dissertation project, which is focused on the physical, psychological, and cognitive consequences of caregiver burden. Participants include older adults who are caring for someone with dementia and older adult controls who are not serving as caregivers. We are happy to collaborate on this project with Dr. Peggy Zoccola and her graduate students, who are taking hair samples from our participants to check for chronic cortisol levels.

We also have an aging/dementia project underway as part of an ongoing project in the OMNI lab at the medical school. Andrew Bryant is assisting in collecting the data in this project, which is about walking-related motor impairments, but which includes neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and genetic (ApoE) data collection.

Yet another project relevant to older adults is the orthostatic hypotension (OH) project, in which we are examining the impact of OH on cognitive performance and on frontal lobe blood flow, as measured by Near Infrared Spectroscopy. This project is headed by Andrew Bryant.

We are also continuing to focus on executive function and frontal lobe-related disorders, including substance misuse and abuse, mild head injury, personality disorders such as psychopathy, emotion and self-regulation impairments that are transdiagnostic, and work with individuals with ADHD. Students involved in these projects include Esther Lee, Carrie Cook, Brittni Morgan, and Ashley Howell.

We are also branching out our assessment research into implications for therapy, through the dissertation project of Kruti Patel.

Finally, we are continuing our longstanding projects in the area of detection of noncredible performance (via both self report and neurobehavioral measures) with a collaborative study ongoing with colleagues at Ohio State University. In addition, we are continuing to conduct studies that address issues related to patient identity and negative expectations and their impact on individuals self-reported symptoms as well as their behavioral performance in evaluative situations.

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